Larisa Petrik
Petrik at the 1968 Olympic Games

Full name

Larisa Leonidovna Petrik

Country represented

Flag of the Soviet Union USSR


August 28 1949 (1949-08-28) (age 68)
Dolinsk, Sakhalin, Russian SFSR, USSR

Current status


Larisa Leonidovna Petrik (born 1949) is a former Soviet gymnast and Olympic champion.

Petrik competed at the 1966 World Championships where she shared in the team silver medal (gold went to the Czechoslovakians) and earned an individual bronze medal on the beam. She also competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where she received a gold medal in floor (shared with Věra Čáslavská), a gold medal in team combined exercises, and a bronze medal in balance beam. Her gold medal on floor was very controversial because originally, Vera Caslavska won outright. After the competition was concluded, Petrik's prelims scores were changed to let her tie with Caslavska, an action which caused Caslavska to publicly defy the Soviets who had recently invaded her home country.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1964USSR Championships1st
1966Dortmund World Championships2nd3rd
USSR Cup2nd1st2nd3rd
USSR Championships1st2nd
1967USSR Championships62nd3rd42nd6
1968Mexico City Olympic Games1st3rd1st
USSR Championships1st3rd
1969USSR Championships2nd
1971USSR Cup4

Olympic Floor Exercise Champions
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